Report on Loan Policies of Standard Bank Limited (Part-2)

Report on Loan Policies of Standard Bank Limited (Part-2)

5.1 Introduction:

International trade  involves a flow of  goods  from seller  to buyer  in accordance with a contract sale .Different amount  of natural resource, while other might have not. Therefore, countries need to exchange goods to satisfy mutual needs and wants.


International trade involves a flow of goods from seller to buyer in accordance with a contract of scale. It is the  exchange of goods and services between peoples of different countries.

5.2.1 Reason for international trade:

Main reason for international trade is as follows :

►Uneven resources distribution:

different countries have different amounts of natural resources, while  other might have not. therefore counties need to exchange goods to satisfy mutual needs and wants.

►The lack of self-sufficiency:

Each country can obtain those goods that each alone can not produce or obtain the resources to run them into finished products.

►specialization: the need for trade will arise because a country cannot  survive with only one kind  of goods (specialization goods )

►Economic principal of comparative advantage:

it is mutually beneficial if each country specializes on producing the goods which is has greater advantage and obtains those goods from other countries that it cannot produce cheaply  at home.

►Difference in the demand of goods among countries:

Some countries, which are producers of certain goods, still have to import the same goods from abroad. This may due to the insufficient supply locally to meet the strong demand for the goods.

5.2.2 Benefits of international trade:

Some major benefits of international trade are:

A gain in output for the participating countries:

international trade enables  a country to specialize in the production of goods and services in which it has comparative advantages.

Better living Standard:

Specialization in production makes goods cheaper, so the Standard of living is improved.

Economics of scale:

As countries specialize in the production of goods and services, they are able to operate on a large scale, and thus enjoy the benefits arising from the economics of scale.

Transfer of technology:

The transfer of technology automatically accompanies an exchange of goods because nation can learn from the products of other nations (computer software).

Improving international relationship:

With more trade activities and closer contact, there comes an exchange of culture and ideas resulting in better understanding among the nation.

Maintaining price stability:

With international trade, shortage of resources And goods can be solved by imports. Demand and supply can be brought closer together. Price fluctuation can be minimized.

International trade encourages competitions:

Competition s may  help to prevent the growth of domestics monopolies . efficiency in production can be achieved.

5.2.3 Problems in international  trade

Risks of goods, credit risk of foreign exchange  ,differences in legal systems among countries, differences in political systems among countries, economic divergence. The political and economic condition in one country may deteriorate etc.

5.2.4 The role of banks in enhancing international trade:

Provision of advances :

The provision of finance to importer (e.g. trust receipt facility, documentary credit facilities ) and exporters (e.g. negotiation of export bills, purchase of bills for collection) encourages enterprise  to engage in trade and enhance their liquidity position.

Provision of alternation payment methods:

Importers may not accept the payment of cash  in advance, which gives exporters the  greatest protections. On the other hand, the exporters may not accept open account  ,which gives Importers the best payment methods. A letter of credit, through bank channels overcomes the disadvantages of these two settlement methods and satisfies to a great extent, both the importer and exporters. So with help of banks volumes can be enlarged.

Medium of fund transfer:

A bank system allows payment to be made safely and quickly by one part to another, e. g. telegraphic transfer.

 5.3 Balance of payments:

The balance of payments is a bookkeeping  system for recording all payments that have as direct bearing on the movement of funds between a nation (private and government) and foreign countries.

Different types of balance of payments:


1)Current Account:

The  current account shows  international transaction that involve currently produced goods and services. The difference between merchandise export (line 1) and import (line2) is called the trade balance. When merchandise imports are greater than exports, we have a trade deficit. if exports are greater than imports,  we have trade surplus. The  current account accounts are the net payments or receipts that arise from investment income, the purchase and sale of services and unilateral transfer.

2) Capital Account:

The  Capital account describes the flow of  capital  United States and other countries. Capital  outflows are American purchase of foreign assets(a payment item) and capital inflows are foreign purchase s of American assets (a receipts item). The capital outflows are less than the capital inflows.

Balance of  payments considerations:

Balance of payments considerations were more  important than they are the current management  floating regime. When a no reserve currency country is running  balance-of-payments deficits. To keep from running out of these reserves, it had to implement concretionary monetary policy to strengthen its currency.

5.4.1 Introduction

Letter of credit  can be defined as a credit contact where by the buyers bank is committed (on behalf of the buyer) to place an agreed amount of money at the sellers disposal some agreed conditions. Importer/ seller who applies for opening an l/c and Bank opens/ issues a l/c on behalf of the importer. Bank adds its confirmation to the credit and it is done at request of issuing bank may or may not be the advising bank . advising/notifying bank through which  the l/c is advised to the exporters. This bank is actually situated in exports country. It may also assume the role of confirming and/or negotiating bank depending upon the  condition of the credit.

5.4.2 Letter of credit:

Letter of credit can be defined as a credit contact where by the buyers bank is committed (on behalf of the  buyer ) to place an agreed amount of money at the sellers disposal under some agreed conditions. Since the agreed condition include among other things, the presentation of some specified documents, the letter  of credit is called.

5.4.3 Different types of documentary credit (d/c)

A. Red clause credit:

Red clause credit is a special type of credit with a clauses inserted authorized the advising or confirming bank to make advances to the beneficiary before presentation of the documents.

The clause is added in the documentary credit at the request of the applicant for the credit. In other words ,it is a reshipment finance in their  form of a loan the  advising/confirming bank provides  to the beneficiary, with payment of  principal and interest guaranteed by the issuing in case the beneficiary fails to ship goods  and  defaults in  payment  of the  advances.

The credit specified the advances  to be given  to the  beneficiary , which  Can be  in the  form of   percentage  or a fixed  sum .

Finance is given against undertaking from beneficiary certifying that he promise to ship goods and submit documents   to advising bank, which has provided him with finance. possible risks in issuing  a red clause  credit –

■Exporter may use the advance for other purpose

■Documents presented from the exporter may have discrepancies unacceptable to the importer.

B. Revolving credit

A revolving credit is a credit, which   provides for the amount of the credit to be renewed automatically after use without the need to renew the credit every time. It can be revolved with respect to either

■ Time or

■ Amount (i.e. total value of the credit)

A revolving credit “with respect to time” can be cumulative or non-cumulative. A cumulative revolving credit allows any unused credit amount of a previous month to be carried forward to the next month. A non-cumulative revolving credit, on the other hand, provides for a maximum amount of credit to be drawn each month. If the exporter fails to draw for the month, the amount in the month (full amount or any utilized balance) will be forfeited automatically.

C. Transferable letter of credit

A transferable letter of credit, which can be transferred in whole or in part by the original beneficiary to one or more “second beneficiaries”. It is normally used when the first beneficiary does not supply the goods himself, but acts as a middleman between the supplier and the ultimate buyer.

D. Back-To-Back letter of credit

A Back-To-Back letter of credit is a new credit, it is different from the original credit based on which the bank undertakes the risk under the back-to-back letter of credit. In this case, the banks main surety/security is the original credit (master l/c). the original credit (selling credit ) and the  back-to-back credit (buying credit) are separate instruments independent of each  other  and in no way  legally  connected, although  they  both from part  of the same business operation. The suppliers (beneficiary of the back-to-back credit ) ships  goods to the  importer  or suppliers goods  to the exporter  and  present documents to the  bank  as is specified  in the credit. It is intendment that the exporter would substitute his own documents for negotiation under the original credit, his liability under the back-to-back credit would be adjusted out of these proceeds. The exporter L/C is marked lien and no margin is taken. So we can say that back-to-back  id  term given  to  an ancillary   credit  which  arises where the seller used  the  credit granted to him by the  issuing  bank to  his suppliers.

E. Confirmed credit 

If  a letter  of credit  is  confirmed  by a bank (the advising bank ), this means , in addition  to the  definite  undertaking  to the  issuing  bank to honor beneficiary’s  draft, the  advising bank makes  also  its  promise to pay  the beneficiary . such  confirmation by the advising  bank  not only confirms the undertaking  if the  issuing bank  but also  constitutes  an  additional promise on the   advising  bank (which  becomes  a confirming bank).

5.4.4 Documentary letter of credit:

documentary credit may be either

1. Revocable credit

   2. Irrevocable credit,.

  • Revocable credit: A  revocable  credit  is a credit , which can be amended are cancelled by the  issuing  bank  at any  time  without  prior notice  to  the  seller.
  • Irrevocable  credit : An irrevocable  credit  constitutes  a definite  undertaking  of the  issuing bank(since it  cannot  be  amended or  cancelled  without the  agreement of all parties there to),  provided  that  the stipulated documents are resented and the seller satisfies  the terms  and conditions. This sort of credit always referred to irrevocable letter of credit.

5.4.5 Parties Related to a Letter of Credit:

The parties are:-

  1. the  issuing bank
  2. the  confirming bank, if any
  3. the beneficiary .

Others parties, which facilitate the documentary credit, are:

  1. the  applicant
  2. the  advising bank
  3. the negotiating bank / applicant bank
  4. The transferring bank, if any.

The parties of letter of credit

Importer: purchaser/buyer who applies for opening L/C.

Issuing bank : it is  the bank  which  opens/issues a L/C  on behalf  of the importer.

Confirming bank: it is the bank, which adds its confirmation to the credit and it is done at request of issuing bank. Confirming bank may not be the advising bank.

Advising/notifying bank: it is the bank through which the L/C is advised to the exporters. This bank is actually situated in exporter’s country. It may also assume the role of confirming and /or negotiating bank depending upon the condition of the credit.

Negotiating bank: it is the bank that negotiates the bills and pays the amount of the beneficiary. The advising bank and the negotiating bank may or may not be the same. Sometimes it can be confirming bank.   

Paying /accepting bank: it is the bank on which the bill will be drawn (as per condition of the credit). Usually it is the issuing bank.

Reimbursing bank: it is the bank that would reimburse the negotiating bank after getting payment instruction from issuing bank.

5.4.6 Securitization of L/C application:

The SBL official scrutinizes the application in the following manner—

  1. the terms and conditions of the l/c must be complied with UCPDC 600  and exchange control & import trade regulation.
  1. Eligibility of the goods to be imported.
  1. The L/C must not be opened in favor of the importer.
  1. Radioactivity report in case of food item.
  1. Survey report or certificate in case of old machinery.
  1. Carrying vessel is not of Israel or of Serbia-Montenegro.
  1. Certificate declaring that the item is in operation not more than 5 years in case of car.

4.4.7 Accounting Treatment in case of L/C Opening:

Now if the officer thinks fit the application to open an l/c,the  following entries are given to realize the l/c commission , charges, postage, l/c margin etc.

Clients account —————————————————————-    Dr.

Sundry deposit on L/C ——————————————————-          Cr.

Income a/c commission ——————————————————          Cr.

Sundry deposit margin foreign currency clearing (F.C.C.) A/C———         Cr.

Vat (15% of commission) on l/c ——————————————–          Cr.

After  that l/c number and the  above entries are given in the l/c register ,the contra entries stating the liability  of the bank and the client are as follow.

Customers  liability ————————————— ———-         Dr.

Bankers  liability  ————————————————————-    Cr.

5.4.8 Transmission of L/C to Beneficiary through advising Bank: 

When the transmission of T/C is done through tested telex or fax to advise the l/c to the advising bank. The advising bank verifies the authenticity of the L/C.

The import procedure can be shown by the following  flow chart



SBL has corresponding relationship or arrangement throughout the world by which the L/C is advised. Actually the advising bank does not take any liability if otherwise not required.

5.4.9 Presentation of the document

The seller being satisfied with the terms and the conditions of the credit makes shipment of the goods as per  L/C terms.

after making the shipment of the goods in favor of the importer, the exporter submits the documents to the negotiating  bank.

After receiving all the documents, the negotiating bank then checks the documents against the credit. If the documents are found in order to. The bank will pay, accept or negotiable to SBL.

Branch & bank received seal to be affixed on the forwarding schedule.

The bill of exchange & transport documents must immediately be crossed to protect loss or fraudulent.

SBL checks the documents. The usual documents are: —

  • Invoice.
  • Bill of lading.
  • Certificate of origin.
  • Packing list/weight list.
  • Shipping advice.
  • Non-negotiable copy of bill of lading.
  • Bill of exchange.
  • Pre-shipment inspection report.
  • Shipment certificate.

5.4.10 Examination of shipping documents

One of the principal of document credit is that all parties deal with document and not with goods (articles 6 of UCPDC-600). That is why; the documents should be scrutinized properly. If any discrepancy in the documents is found that is to be informed to the pity. A checklist may be followed for examining the documents.

5.4.11 Amendment of the letter of credit:

When the parties involved in a L/C, especially the seller want to change the terms and conditions due to some obvious and genuine reasons the credit should be amended. SBL transmits the amendment by tested telex to the advising bank. If the L/C is amended, service charge and telex charge is debited from the account accordingly. According articles 6 of UCPDC 600. amendment must be complete and precise .

5.4.12 Retirement of shipping document:

On scrutiny , if is found that  the document  drawn in conformity  with the terms of the credit  i.e. the documents are  in order  SBL lodges the documents in pad and following voucher passed.

Accounting treatment

  • L/C margin     ———————    Dr.

Pad  a/c           ———————       Cr.

(margin amount transferred to pad a/c)

  • Customer a/c    ——————–    Dr.

Pad  a/c            —————–         Cr.

(customer a/c debited for  the  remaining  account)

  • Pad  a/c  ——————————– Dr.

SBL  General  a/c ———————-  Cr.

Exchange  Gains  a/c   —————— Cr.

(amount  given to SBL general a/c and interest credited )

Reversal entries

  • Bankers liabilities  —————   Dr.

Customer’s liability ———-     Cr.

(Lodgments is given)

After realizing the telex  charges, services charges, interest  (if any), the shipping documents is then stamped  with pad numbered and entered  in the PAD  registered. Intimating is given to the customer calling on the banks counter requesting retirement of the shipping documents. After passing the necessary vouchers, endorsement is made on the back of the bill of exchange  as received payment and the bill of lading is endorsed to the effect please delivered to the order of M/S, under two authorized  signature of the banks officers(P.A. holder). Then the documents are delivered to the imp.

6. Financial Performance Analysis

With the help of 5 years balance sheet and income statement managed from the Annual Reports of Standard Bank Limited I have done the following ratio analysis.

Financial indicators in the last six years

Earning AbilityReturn on Equity20.59%16.71%23.16%16.05%10.94%
 Return on Assets2.19%2.11%1.25%087%0.99%
 Net Interest Margin3.89%3.74%2.86%2.30%3.93%
 Earning Base in Assets95.21%99.42%93.94%95.70%87.49%
ProductivityDeposit Per Branch485.00374.16315.50274.91228.23
 Deposit Per Employee21.5617.3215.6516.828.41
 Advance Per Branch433.38330.14268.90236.5283.53
 Advance Per Employee19.2615.2813.349.853.08
 Net Profit Per Branch13.5910.125.083.532.59
 Net Profit Per Employee 0.6040.4690.2480.1310.095
Cost – Efficiency Manpower Expense to Total Expense 13.35%11.96%16.71%18.37%9.28%
 Total Interest Expense to Earning Assets 5.35%6.53%6.44%6.40%22.02%
 Total Non-Interest Expense to Earning   Assets2.13%2.50%2.81%2.91%7.52%



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Report On Loan Policies Of Standard Bank Limited (Part-1)

Report On Loan Policies Of Standard Bank Limited (Part-2)

Report On Loan Policies Of Standard Bank Limited (Part-3)